Microsoft has committed to right to repair2021-10-07 20:03 by Daniela
Microsoft just promised it's going to make it easier for its customers to repair the products it sells in the near future. As first reported by Grist, the company will study the environmental impact of right-to-repair and act on its findings by the end of the next year.
Back in June, As You Sow, a watchdog that oversees the environmental impacts of e-waste filed a shareholder resolution urging Microsoft to adopt environment-friendly policies when it comes to product repairability. This is just a portion of the increasing pressure on big tech firms to encourage "right to repair" practices for customers. Now, it appears that Microsoft has finally bowed to this pressure, and agreed to expand repairability options for customers.
"This is an encouraging step by Microsoft to respond to the upswell of federal and state activity in the right to repair movement," Kelly McBee, waste program coordinator at As You Sow, said in a press release. "Excitingly, this agreement will begin to allow consumers to repair their Microsoft devices outside the limited network of authorized repair shops."
In response to Microsoft's commitment to examine its repairs situation, As You Sow on Monday agreed to withdraw the shareholder resolution. The development is the latest in a string of victories for the Right to Repair Movement: In June, the FTC unanimously agreed to formally adopt the stance that people should be able to repair their own gadgets, and in July, President Joe Biden issued a sweeping executive order directing the FTC to create rules explicitly designed to keep companies from establishing repair monopolies that prevent DIY or independent device repairs.
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